A lot of us don’t give much thought to file recovery. Why would we? Isn’t it just easier to save and not delete files that you want to keep? Well, yes—in an ideal world that’s the case, but we don’t always live in an ideal world, do we? If you own a Mac, chances are at some point, you’ll lose, delete or otherwise let go of a file that you would’ve liked to keep. I’m telling you now that there’s no need to panic because there are options to recover your data. Let’s cover a few of those options.
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If you’ bought your Mac or iOS device second hand, make sure to disable the EFI password. The EFI password blocks access to recovery and disc information in order to discourage hackers from taking your data.
If your computer you’ve has somebody else’s EFI password, it may make recovery difficult by preventing troubleshooting software from getting the data necessary to find out what’s wrong.
Be proactive and fix this before it becomes a bigger problem. Hold down the command and R keys while your Mac’s power is off. While still holding command and R, turn your Mac back on to enter recovery mode. Once in recovery mode you can set your own EFI password.
If you open the utilities menu and choose Firmware Password utility, you can then turn off the password. Make sure to restart your computer afterwards.
The easiest option may be to do away with the EFI password altogether. The only exception to this is you have a lot of sensitive data you’re trying to protect.
It’s so simple, but we often forget to back up files because it feels time consuming and tedious. In reality, it takes seconds to back up files and there are many destinations we can send those files, all of them free and easily accessible.
A USB drive is a simple yet effective method for preserving critical information. Many USB drives can be modified to have more memory and capacity.
Email, i cloud or an online archiving service are also all useful back up destinations. The best part is that they can’t get dusty or misplaced!
Lastly, you can download data recovery software that will allow you to scan your computer or phone for deleted files. If your drives are unaffected, deleted files will still be accessible and restorable. Many recovery programs are simple and intuitive to use. Be warned though, searching for the correct file to recover may be a little time-consuming because you’ll have to search manually through a list of recovered data.
These are just a few options available to the layman. Don’t be that person who assumes that you’ll never lose or misplace data. Instead plan for the worst and back up your files and pre-download recovery software. This way, if you ever do lose something you can retrieve it and back to work in minutes instead of days.